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Wednesday, 5 December 2018

EDEX continues to top the talking heads’ agendas

EDEX 2018 continued to top the talking heads’ agendas on last night’s talk shows. The latest developments in France were also a topic of discussion on Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 2:54) and Hona Al Asema (watch, runtime: 8:15).

The Arab Organization for Industrialization (AOI) signed a preliminary agreement with a US company to manufacture armored vehicles in Egypt at the defense expo, AOI Chairman Abdel Moneim El Teras said in a phone-in to Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 9:46). Armed Forces Spokesman Tamer El Refai also gave Yahduth fi Masr’s Sherif Amer a rundown of the officials who met at the expo (watch, runtime: 4:32).

Praise for the event flowed in from several people, including Ahmed Al Shehhi, an official from a UAE arms company (watch, runtime: 2:54), retired major-general Yousry Farag (watch, runtime: 3:21), and former military intelligence official Nasr Salem (watch, runtime: 20:02).

Providing a progress report on the new administrative capital was the spokesman of the New Administrative Capital Company for Urban Development, Khaled El Hosseini, who told Al Hayah Al Youm that the presidency, House of Representatives and all ministries are on track to move to the new capital in 2020 (watch, runtime: 6:38).

A decision from Al Azhar University prohibit faculty members from talking to the press without prior permission did not sit well with former Culture Minister Gaber Asfour, who said they should be allowed to share their knowledge freely (watch, runtime: 4:55). University spokesman Ahmed Zarea stressed that the move is meant to clamp down on wrong fatwas (religious edicts) (watch, runtime: 6:54).

The amended customs FX rate will push up the prices of non-European cars by 4-10%, depending on their engine size, Alaa El Saba, who runs an automotive distributor and is a member of the Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce’s automotive division, told Hona Al Asema’s Lama Gebril (watch, runtime: 2:38)

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